Newcastle Interested In Two French Players

There is news in the French newspaper L’Equipe and the Get French Football News website today, that Newcastle are interested in two more French players, and it’s the first time that we know of that we’ve been linked with these players.


Gueida Fofana – 22 year-old defensive midfielder

They are Lyon’s 22 year-old central midfielder Gueida Fofana, and 22 year-old Sochaux striker Cedric Bakambu.

Get French Football News is reporting that Newcastle have been checking on Fofana for some time now, with Chief Scout Graham Carr probably the one who has spotted this player.

Fofana joined Lyon from his home town club Le Havre back in August, 2011, and he has so far played 49 times for Lyon with three goals and three assists, and made his debut for Le Havre in August of 2009 at the age of 18.

And while at Le Havre the 6′ tall defensive midfielder played 67 times with four goals and four assists, and he has played for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21 and has two caps at the U21 level.

Fofana captained the France team that won the 2010 UEFA European U19 Championship in France, and he plays usually as a defensive defender, but can also play as a defender, and has a physical style of play, which should be well suited to the Premier League.

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Cedric Bakambu – 22 year-old Sochaux striker

Cedric Bakambu has been at Sochaux since 2006, and he made his debut back in August of 2010, when he was 19 years old, and was a sub  in the team’s opening league match of the season against Arles-Avignon.

Since that time he has appeared a total of 86 times with 18 goals for the club and has played for the French U18, U19 and U20 sides.

He also played for France in the 2010 UEFA European U19 Championship in France, which they won, and only recently he has been told by the Sochaux President that he can leave the club.

Newcastle have not approached Lyon or Sochaux for either of these players, but it seems that Sochaux would be happy to take around £2.5M for their 22 year-old striker Bakambu, should Newcastle come a calling.

Between the two 22 year-olds, it seems that Gueida Fofana is the more accomplished player, although both are only 22 and can still improve.

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32 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    The more players we are linked with the less likely we will sign anyone. TRUTH

  • Markaccus

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2

    surely we are running out of places for non home grown players? I still say we need one or two brittish/home growns in this window or the next or we are going to have no room to play all of these french players.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3


    not really….makes no difference really

    we wont sign them all but it being in papers will make no difference

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4


    only allowed 17 non-home grown players in the squad…so we need to make sure we have 8

  • Slank

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Carr probably sees all the French teams play during the course of a season probably more than once, as is his remit, and if spotted the French journalists probably put two and two together but it often doesn’t make four.

    I will be very surprised if another busload of French players arrives at the front door of SJP. Perhaps the odd one but I suspect the club is all Frenched out and other nationalities are required. An English player or two would be welcome.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6

    T sage

    We are just about at the limit now aren’t we? If we get rid of Shola, and gosling now or in summer, they will need to be replaced with other homers. I suppose if Jonas does end up at Norwich, and Marv gets shipped, then we have 2 spare slots.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s funny watching Man city and West ham last night
    Pellegrini representing the beautiful game the way football should be played and Allardyce anything but!

    I think people miss the point. Yes of course it’s partly to do with the players at the managers disposal, but you know that if those 2 managers were at each other ‘s clubs West ham would be great to watch from day 1 and Allardyce would have city playing like Pardew has us, ie everyone behind the ball hoping to nick a goal.

    Wherever they go, regardless of the players and squads they have, Allardyce, Pulis and Pardew and their kind will play a deadly ”containing” long ball game, whereas Pellegrini, Wenger, Martinez, Laudrup, Pochettino and Solksjaer etc will always be exciting, entertaining, attacking, full of flair and movement and great to watch

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Has anybody heard from NUFCKingALLdWAY

    Not that I’m bothered

  • Slank

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9


    Can’t see Debuchy going anywhere but I can see Jonas moving on.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #10

    The only down side is that, because of this rule, clubs take the p1ss with the prices of the English players, and any decent ones are already out of our price range.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #11


    Ben3Arfa is right.

    Same old same old

    I could have lived with the fact that we do not sign many players if the manager was decent but he is worse than the championship manager

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12


    British players still way over priced

    I would got the German / Spanish route for a manager and players.

    France is very passe now, even Wenger has long moved on.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Hopefully on Sunday after we have contained Man City for 10-12 minutes Science will not turn against us.


  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14


    do you ever learn

    Newcastle are linked with every French player in the world, I know this for a fact as you keep posting it,

    why not just let it play out, if we see that a player, even a French player that is not on our books turns up for a medical , then there may be some truth in it,

    other wise, your just pick random names

  • Slank

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Markaccus @ 6

    ‘T sage

    ‘……If we get rid of Shola, and gosling, they will need to be replaced with other homers. ‘

    You weren’t thinking about Hitzelberger were you, as he is now retired

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #16


    i actually think pulis and allerdyce, although old fashioned and outdated, have a long ball system they like. It usually involves one or two up to with a player to support, using good wingers to cross the ball in and get it forward quick.

    I don’t like their style but can see what it is and how they plan to get goals.

    I’m not jumping on the pardew is a bad manager band wagon, but i really don’t know what his plan is to get goals.

  • Slank

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #17


    True, but there must be some good British players in the lower leagues who with good coaching could make the grade. I suppose first things first, get good coaches!

    But much prefer to see more of our local lads come through.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #18


    no idea reporting the rumours though….at least gives us something to talk about

  • Blofal

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Our goals usually come from random acts of brilliance rather than link up play. This season that has improved a bit (ie sissoko and cabaye) but not enough imo.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #20


    Now now, Thats not very nice 😀

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #21


    southampton fielded 8 home grown players in their 11 the last game in the league…surely we, as the only big club in newcastle and one of 2 in the entire region, should be able to attract and then train local talent to produce a good few players

    southampton’s academy needs to be copied

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #22

    Rotonda; I think your being a bit unfair to Pardew there mind. He definitely promotes a better style of football than BFS and Pulis.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #23

    lets face it

    we are screwed , most of the players that have been mooted as going are English,
    taylor the other taylor is only on the books to registered as English

    there is value in marv, he is a good player

    but obertan and Jonas , I think we are stuck with

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #24


    exaclty…it’s slightly better this year but i still struggle see what type of team we are, if that makes sense

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #25


    we have enough to talk about with pardew 😉 or at least I do, I love repeating myself 😀

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Transfer Sage
    it makes perfect sense ,

    all along I have said we have no style of play, its left to the players to figure things out,
    well as long as we contain

    can we be classed as a containing side???

  • Markaccus

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #27

    I think there is Genuine interest in some of the players, but i just get the usual feeling that we won’t meet the asking prices.


    You are right. Brits are WAAAYY over priced, but we need to make sure we have 8 home growns if we want to be able to have a full senior squad. Unfortunately that means having to hope some of the accademy players manage to make it, or take risks on league 1 or 2 ‘hopefuls’

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #28


    that’s the reason i am not against players like jordan rhodes or tom ince coming in.


    yeh i guess we could, i should say i can’t see what type of goal scoring side we are

    arsenal- quick passing, clever one-twos, pace in behind with walcott

    city – similar but also able to go long/cross for negredo too if the chance arises, like last night

    west ham – long ball to carroll/forward, knock downs for nolan or other wide men, also crosses from wingers like javis

    with us i don’t see the plan on how to get goals

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 9, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Ince at 4 million is a bargain

    and the reason Southampton have so many coming through is because they give games to their youths (although they bring as many new ones through now they’re in top flight)

  • lesh

    Jan 9, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Catchy….. If you don’t like the contents of a newspaper, you buy a different one.

    Now if you don’t like what Ed writes,……..


  • stupot

    Jan 9, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #31

    Rotunda….to be fair to west ham, they have huge injury issues in defence and up front. They bet all on big andy foolishly with his injury record! City should walk the league

  • The Atlanta Geordie

    Jan 10, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #32

    I personally think that Bakumbu has a better success chance vs. De Jong. He has scored 6 goals while playing for Sochaux, a lower level French team. De Jong has scored 0 goals for a 3rd place German side. bakumbu does more with less. Plus he’s French!!:D


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